From public figures, to doctors, to even your next door neighbor, collagen has become a topic of daily conversation. Improving one’s natural collagen structure and even having collagen injections are both becoming the norm for keeping a younger looking appearance.
Collagen synthesis is a process that slows down as we age. When collagen production fades and its support abilities decline, the skin becomes loose and saggy, causing wrinkles. By restoring some of the collagen content in the skin, the appearance of wrinkles is decreased and skin has a smoother, tighter look and feel.
While collagen is largely used in cosmetic surgery, it is not just aesthetic but is also functional. This essential protein forms one of the strongest building blocks of the human structural system. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, constituting ~25% of the total protein content. It is responsible for the make up of cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone, and teeth, while it also provides tensile strength to many bodily tissues and is responsible for the skin’s strength and elasticity.
Collagen is created by fibroblasts which are special cells found in the dermal layer of the skin. Fibroblasts are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin, and fibronectin, the structural support beams within the skin. Fibroblasts synthesize collagen within the cell and release it through exocytosis, the release of molecules through the cell membrane. Once outside the cell, the collagen molecules will self-assemble, creating the strong structure found within the skin.
Produced by a combination of alkaline and enzymatic hydrolysis, FSS Collagen Hydrolysate SD is a spray-dried powder with an average molecular weight of approximately 2000Da. Because of its molecular weight hydrolyzed collagen will not penetrate the skin or hair, but rather form tenacious films.
BENEFITS FSS Collagen Hydrolysate SD is an ideal ingredient where conditioning benefits are desired while the presence of hydrolyzed protein films on hair directly translates to increased shine and improved feel. This product may also be used to restore one’s youthful appearance by moisturizing the skin.
Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
Shelf life: 12 months, properly stored, in sealed container.
This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate.